Saturday, May 28th, 2016 04:50 pm
... with two new issues, for a total of fourteen unclaimed issues; two fixes were written and merged since the last update!

As ever, please do say if there's anything you're interested in, or anything you'd like encouragement for! Here's how to get started. :-)
Saturday, May 28th, 2016 03:19 pm
[blood, guns, Islamophobia]

February 2016: Trump tells (untrue) story about General Pershing stopping terrorism by shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/feb/23/donald-trump/donald-trump-cites-dubious-legend-about-gen-pershi/

May 2016: Texans are dipping their bullets in pig blood. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/texas-men-train-to-shoot-muslims-and-dip-bullets-in-pig-blood-so-victims-go-straight-to-hell-a7053086.html
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Friday, May 27th, 2016 03:47 am

Posted by karen

I am finally starting my 2 month trip.  The packing took longer than I wanted.  It’s no fun trying to work out what clothes to put in one suitcase when the weather is going to range from 6 C (42F) to 36 C (96F).  I’m at Haneda Airport and I’m already concerned that I’m going to need to buy a coat in Belfast.  It’s 21 C (70F) in Tokyo at the minute and I’m a little cold, probably because it’s also raining and I got wet on the way to the airport.

I don’t have room for bulky clothes for the cold.  Northern Irish summer is not hot, but I decided that being cold was better than dragging a second suitcase around the world.  I may regret that.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 05:43 pm
This is a big one, due in no small part to [github.com profile] pinterface, new to Dreamwidth volunteering and coding up a storm. I've gotta say. A very warm welcome also to [github.com profile] dfabulich, who I am pretty sure is also featured in a code tour for the first time!

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Contributors: [github.com profile] cesy, [github.com profile] chrisboyle, [github.com profile] dfabulich, [github.com profile] kaberett, [github.com profile] kareila, [github.com profile] me-and, [github.com profile] pinterface, [github.com profile] rahaeli, [github.com profile] zorkian

(... I swear I am never going six weeks between code tours again, I am NICE and DON'T DESERVE THIS...)
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Monday, May 23rd, 2016 06:52 am

Posted by karen

It’s the morning after the last performance of Big River.  I’m in that post performance daze where it seems hard to believe that 6 months of work is over.

There were many new experiences and challenges working on this project, but the stand out thing was the people I worked with.  I was incredibly impressed by the director, stage manager, and the production team.  It made such a difference working with people who had a strong vision for the show and were competent in facilitating that.  I loved how the cast worked together.  We had a story to tell and everyone helped each other tell it.  There was a lot of love and support and a real feeling that we wanted each other to succeed and perform to the best of our ability.  It was also a joy working with the incredibly talented musicians.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed working with costume and wardrobe.  My sewing skills are basic, but I did manage to make my own costumes and some other pieces.  I discovered that ironing costumes in the theatre before the rest of the cast arrived really helped with the anxiety I feel before performing.  Actually, all the costume work did.  Having cast members come to me because they had lost their hat or their apron gave me something to think about other than the fact that I was going to have to perform in front of an audience.  I don’t do well if I have to sit still.

Acting with an American accent was a challenge.  I have no idea if I was any good at it, but I tried.  One of my friends who came to see the show appeared stunned by my performance saying that they had no idea who that woman was on the stage, but she wasn’t me.  I’m going to take that as a compliment as I’m not an old, American, shrewish spinster.

The Opening Number

Photo of “Do Ya Wanna Go to Heaven”, by Teruaku Ito

It was the first time I was involved in dramaturgy as I wrote a short piece on the historical context of the play for the program.  I didn’t know what the word “dramaturgy” meant when I was first asked to do this, but I was happy to try and I did enjoy researching the history of the 1840s in America.

So for now I will find a place to keep all the lovely notes and mementos I received and I’ll take a break from theatre.  It may be the end of my journey down the river, but it’s much too soon to know which parts of my own journey are only beginning.

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 11:27 pm
When John Denver says "you fill up my senses like a night in the forest", is that supposed to be a compliment? Because I don't get it.

Forest floors are full of stones and roots, and dead needles if it's a pine forest, and you can't get comfortable. There are mosquitos hanging around, as well as other nasties that want to bite you. It pours with rain, and then the trees carry on dripping on you for hours.

It gets really really dark, with weird rustling noises, which is terrifying if you can't find your way out of the forest. And if you CAN find your way out of the forest, why the hell are you still in the forest?

I'd assume forests are different where John Denver comes from, except I know they're even worse because there are venomous snakes and poison ivy.

So if someone said I filled up their senses like a night in the forest, I'd think they meant I look pretty good from a distance, but when you get up close you'll wish you hadn't. IDK, maybe that's what John Denver meant too.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 02:39 pm
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 02:01 pm
Latest version of the List of People I Have Seen Make Music Live In Person.

It is, of course, long. )

Coming soon: Harry Connick Jr, Weird Al Yankovic, Postmodern Jukebox, Andrew Bird

Related: my list of performed choral works which I've been updating over the years instead of reposting.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 01:27 pm
Spring is winding down as I finish rehearsals this week. Saturday is our long-waited sci-fi concert with the symphony, with the chorus participating in two of the Star Wars selections. Here's the program, it's pretty awesome, and yes we have a theremin player:

Concert program... )

Meanwhile, the kids will be out of school a week from tomorrow. I've queued up a couple of week-long summer day camps, and scheduled some swim lessons starting in mid-June with a private instructor (who happens to also be the spouse of my nerdy chiropractor). Hopefully that will make up for the lack of summer travel.

I've been notified that Will is going to receive an award at the 5th grade recognition ceremony, but I don't know the nature of the award yet. It might be academic, or it might just be for perfect attendance.

I also found out today that Andrew Bird will be here in town in October. He's pretty high on my list of favorite musicians I haven't seen in concert yet (which I should probably bring up to date, hmm.)
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 01:07 pm
... with one new issue, for a total of fourteen unclaimed issues (that number has indeed gone down since last time :D).

As ever, please say if anything looks interesting to you, and please do ask for cheerleading or help!
Monday, May 16th, 2016 09:19 pm
The koan thing has always messed with my head. I once had a coworker who converted to Buddhism and got very excited about koans, and for the first few months we had conversations like this:

Me: I can't decide how best to fake up the credit card handling on the staging server. Any thoughts?
Him: Does a man who owns a forest buy his own axe?
Me: I don't know.
Me: ....
Him: ....
Me: Hey, I have a friend who owns some woodland. I could phone him and ask?

It might not have been that particular sentence, I forget now, but I could never make anything of things he said like that. He stopped doing it after a while.

Someone explained the "one hand clapping" one to me once so I get that.
Monday, May 16th, 2016 02:12 am
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
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